Announcing new features: Tracks, Custom Fields, Split Abstracts and Do Not Review

27 March 2015
Ex Ordo News

2015 got off to a great start for Ex Ordo! Our platform has seen some major enhancements: we’ve released new features to improve how we support conferences with complex processes. Tracks allows you to manage multiple streams for your conferences, and set different deadlines, topics, reviewers and chairs for each track. Custom fields makes it possible to customise the submission process and ask…

8 inspiring examples of conference websites

23 March 2015
Conference Planning

Figuring out what to put on your website and how to design it can be tricky if you’ve never done it before. We’ve put together a list of eight examples of efficient conference websites to help you. We’ve added examples of websites for non-academic conferences, which tend to have a way more appealing design than research…

Building a cost-effective conference website with WordPress

23 March 2015
Conference Planning

Choosing the right solution to build your conference website is a critical step. There are a lot of solutions available to build your site, but if you’re looking for a cost-effective yet flexible one, WordPress is your best bet. (This article is about, not You can read this article to understand the difference)….

Follow these 5 rules for a compelling website

23 March 2015
Conference Planning

Having the right list of elements to include on your website isn’t enough to make it great. Website design and usability is a complex science that takes time to master. But this doesn’t mean you can’t build a compelling website without all this expertise! The key is to follow some basic rules that will ensure…

Crucial elements of a great conference website

23 March 2015
Conference Planning

To build an effective website, you must think like one of your visitors.  Put yourself in their shoes to figure out what information they’ll be looking for and the actions you’ll want them to take. Make sure your content answers all their questions and make it easy for them to engage in your conference. In…

Organising a Student-led Symposium

18 March 2015
Collecting Submissions

Torsten Geelan is a PhD student in the Sociology Department in Cambridge University, U.K. He chaired the ‘Crisis & Social Change: Towards Alternative Horizons’ Conference in 2014, the first conference organised by graduates in his department. Torsten has kindly given us an insight into organising a student-led symposium. Overcoming Time Constraints While this was the first conference Torsten…

How to Handle the Conference Q&A Session

9 March 2015

Being accepted to present your work at a conference is a big achievement. You get to showcase your work to a larger audience. However, the Q&A session is just as important as the presentation itself. Here are some tips on how to handle the conference Q&A session. Set your stall out early Before you begin your presentation,…

A short guide to creating an efficient website

5 March 2015
Conference Planning

Your conference website is one of the first milestones of the conference planning process (download our conference planning ebook to get more details on all the milestones). Anyone looking for information on your conference will start by looking up for your website in a search engine. Your website is a major promotional tool and will…

We believe academics deserve great tools

24 February 2015
Conference Planning

Last month, Anand Sarwate, author of the blog The Ergodic Walk, and Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, posted an article on the tools available for academics. He opened it with an unusual question: “Why oh why can’t we have nice web-based software for academic…

Best Practices in Abstract & Paper Management [Infographic]

5 January 2015
Conference Planning

Over the past couple of years, we’ve learnt a lot from the conferences we’ve supported. We wanted to share this knowledge with you, so we’ve created an infographic containing some interesting statistics. We’ve also added some of the best tips from our mentors.